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primaries


elections in which voters cast secret ballots to choose a party’s candidate for a presidential election

During primaries, voters use paper or electronic ballots to select a candidate, much like they do during the presidential election.

primaries

caucuses


local meetings of party members to choose candidates to run in an election

During caucuses, people gather in schools, churches, and even homes to discuss the candidates and then vote for their top choices.

caucuses

omitted


left out of something

April felt sad after she was mistakenly omitted from her friend’s birthday party invite list.

omitted

avalanches


large masses of snow, ice, or dirt that suddenly fall down the side of a mountain

Avalanches can crush homes and even bury entire villages in snow and ice.

avalanches

perilous


full of danger; risky

Firefighters often find themselves in perilous situations when battling a blaze.

perilous

native


living or growing naturally in a certain region

Giant sequoias, some of the biggest trees on Earth, are native to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.

native
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